Dr. Hans Williams, left, stands with outgoing 2020 President James Edelen at the 2020 TFA Annual Meeting held virtually on October 28-29, 2020, at the TFA Headquarters in Lufkin, Texas.

LUFKIN, TEXAS – Dr. Hans Williams has been elected President of Texas Forestry Association (TFA).  Dr. Williams was recommended by TFA’s Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors to fill the position in 2021 during TFA’s annual convention held virtually Oct. 28-29, 2020, at the TFA Headquarters in Lufkin, Texas.
 
“Hans brings a unique set of qualifications to his role as President here at TFA. He has 27 years of experience in leading discovery and understanding about trees and silviculture as an educator,” said Rob Hughes, Executive Director of TFA. “This expertise will help guide TFA and its members during an unprecedented time.”
 
Williams is Dean of in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University where he is also a Professor of Forestry. He holds a Ph. D. from Auburn University with an emphasis in Forest Ecophysiology and Seedling Quality.
 
He has received the Kenneth Watterson Teaching Excellence Award presented by the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture three times and received the Kenneth Nelson Distinguished Professorship from Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture in 2004. Hans and Jessica Williams became life members of Texas Forestry Association through an anonymous gift during the 2017 TFA Annual Conference.
 
He met his wife, Jessica, at Auburn while a graduate student and employee with the forest seedling nursery cooperative on campus. Together, they have two daughters who are both married, one grandson with another on the way. The Williams enjoy playing games as a family, traveling, fishing and hunting, target shooting, and boating.